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Perfecting Dialogue In Sarah Jane Stratford's The Moonlight Brigade

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Sarah Jane Stratford delivers her second novel in the compelling Millennials series with this month's The Moonlight Brigade. RT reviewer Debbie Haupt praised the story saying, "If you love the flavor of bygone dialogue, a literary fantasy with a hint of Shelley or Stoker, you'll love this WWII-set tale." We wanted to know how the author crafted this evocative dialogue, so we asked her to deconstruct a few of her characters' conversations for this illuminating post!

When I first began exploring the millennial vampires, it was natural that they would be avid and erudite conversationalists, simply as a result of having lived so long. Being caught up in World War II wouldn't change that. At the outset of The Moonlight Brigade, it is 1941 and circumstances have taken Mors to Rome, his ancient stomping grounds, where he trains partisans to fight and falls in love with their leader.


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We Mourn the Loss of Bestselling Author Leslie Esdaile aka L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

We regret to announce that beloved author L.A. Banks (aka Leslie Esdaile) lost her battle with late-stage adrenal cancer on August 2.

Over the last few months the book community banned together raising money to help the author with mounting medical bills. (Ironically in March 2010 she spoke at a healthcare reform rally in Glenside, Penn., where she was selected to introduce President Obama but not before telling her story as a single mom with a daughter in college who was faced with the dilemma of choosing between insuring her daughter or herself. See her speech here.)


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Video Interview: Nalini Singh On Her Psy-Changeling Series - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today RT's Morgan Doremus interviews one of her favorite authors, Nalini Singh, about her popular Psy-Changeling series. For those unfamiliar with these paranormal reads, get caught up on the action of the first ten books and see why you need to be enjoying these novels. And long-time fans will get some special insider information — as well as news about the next book in the series. After the video be sure to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the latest Psy-Changeling novel Kiss of Snow, which received a rare RT Gold rating!

Nalini Singh Talks Her Psy-Changeling Series >>

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Jeaniene Frost's First E-Novella Now $1.99

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Thanks to the e-book revolution, there are more books available to readers than ever before, and oftentimes they can be found at great prices. Another reason to love digital content is because now publishers are able to get even more creative in the ways they release stories. For example, take anthologies. Before, if you wanted to read a short story in an anthology, you had to purchase the entire collection. But now publishers are releasing single stories for readers to buy. This is the case for Jeaniene Frost’s “Happily Never After.” First appearing in the 2008 anthology Weddings From Hell, readers can now pick up this e-novella for only $1.99.


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Video Interview: Nicole Peeler And Rachael Herron Talk Urban Fantasy And Contemporary Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Urban fantasy and contemporary romance seem to be on the opposite ends of the genre spectrum. But today authors Nicole Peeler, whose latest urban fantasy, Eye of the Tempest, hits stores this week, and Rachael Herron, who is currently working on her third contemporary romance, chat about how the hidden similarities in their work. Don't miss this intriguing discussion about the way that the themes of female empowerment and sexual exploration resonate through these very different tales!

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Debut Author Spotlight: Jenn Bennett

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Name: Jenn Bennett

Book: Kindling The Moon

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Current Home: Atlanta, GA

Author Icon: That would be a toss-up between Phillip Pullman (who is both brilliant and rebellious), or Anaïs Nin (the for the same reasons).

Favorite Word: My husband says that any answer other than "Sasquatch" is incorrect. But I think I'll go with "whiplash," which is both violent and graceful at the same time. 

What inspired you to start writing?

Almost three years ago, I lost a corporate job that I hated. Instead of rushing to find another one, I decided to try something crazy and important. A couple of months later, I'd written my first manuscript. It was terrible, as first-tries often are, but in a few months, I'd end up writing what later became Kindling The Moon.

How long did it take you to finish writing Kindling The Moon? What was the process for selling it?


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Video Interview: Catherine Coulter Talks Suspense, Romance And Her New Novel!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter's latest tale of suspense, Split Second, hits shelves today. Now you can go behind the scenes of her newest story with this video interview. The author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about transitioning from writing historical romance to suspense — a choice she made on a whim — and why she enjoys crafting these mysteries. And her romance fans will be thrilled to learn that she will also be returning to her roots this November with her upcoming novel, The Prince of Ravenscar.

Catherine Coulter On Writing Stories Of Romance And Suspense >>

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Kelley Armstrong's Popular Women Of The Otherworld Series To End?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Will book No. 13 turn out to be the end of the road for Kelley Armstrong’s popular Women of the Otherworld series? Yes, according to the industry publication Publisher’s Lunch, which announced the end of the series in today’s newsletter. The news brief also said that the final book in the series will be called 13. OK, Armstrong fans, how do you feel about this news and what do you want to see in the last book? Post below!


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Sophie Littlefield Invites Readers Inside Her Aftertime Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

We raved about Sophie Littlefield's new series starter, Aftertime, back in March when the book hit shelves. The post-apocalyptic story about a mother named Cass who is trying to get back to her daughter Ruthie won that month's Seal of Excellence and had the RT editors singing its praises with such endorsements as, "Reading Aftertime will make you realize how lucky you are to have running water, fresh food, a job, friends and no flesh-eating zombies trying to kill you outside the door...This is one you’ll be sad to finish, but luckily a sequel is coming out ..."

We are overjoyed that the series second, Rebirth, is out now so everyone can get more of this terrifying world full of cannibalistic zombies called Beaters, intricate conspiracies and dangerous characters with dark pasts. But be warned, just like Aftertime left readers wanting more, Rebirth will have you asking when you can get your hands on more of this series. 

Thankfully Sophie Littlefield is not leaving us out in the cold. The author has made a series of extras available for Aftertime fans.


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Video Interview: Meg Cabot

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Meg Cabot became a household name with the success of her Princess Diaries series. However this prolific author writes for an audience of ages "eight to eighty," says Cabot, with different series across the genres such as her Allie Finkle series for pre-teens, and her paranormal series for adults. This month Cabot is continuing that series with Overbite, the follow-up to last summer's popular Insatiable. Today the author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about her writing style, shares a special look at her demon hunting heroine, Meena, and talks about the challenges Meena faces dating a vampire. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of all that's going on in the author's world in this hilarious video interview.

Meg Cabot On Her Artistic Voice And Latest Series! >>

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